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ASU Robotics | Southwest Robotics Symposium 2020


SWRS 2020 Cancelled

Dear all,

Thank you for your understanding and your generosity of time to come to ASU for SWRS 2020.

After talking with many people, it is just not the correct time to be holding a conference on a university campus.  We hope to bring all the speakers to campus this year through a variety of events. Please stay tuned as we re-evaluate our plans.

Please have a safe 2020


Tom Sugar


ASU's Polytechnic Campus

ASU’s Polytechnic Campus

Southwest Robotics Symposium, April 2-3, 2020

Arizona State University
Polytechnic Campus
Cooley Ballroom

Statement Regarding Coronavirus

The health and safety of all our attendees is our highest priority, and we are taking all developments concerning the Coronavirus (Covid-19) very seriously. At this point, there are no plans to postpone or cancel SWRS 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and will be in discussion with health authorities and program leaders. We will work to ensure the highest possible degree of hygiene and safety at the meeting.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation; please continue to check back here as developments evolve.


See Registration for more info.

Poster Submission Info

See the poster page for more information. Deadline: February 28!


Tom Sugar

Tom Sugar

Welcome to the 2020 Southwest Robotics Symposium and Arizona State University. This year’s Southwest Robotics Symposium will focus on three themes this year Manufacturing and Robotics, Agriculture and Robotics, and Mobility and Robotics.  The main goal of the symposium is to build a community by fostering collaboration and promoting close interaction between leading researchers, engineers, technology adopters, while learning about state-of-the-art applications of robotics and autonomous systems.

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Vijay Kumar
  • Dr. Masayoshi Tomizuka

We have an engaging two-day agenda with keynote and regular presentations from leaders in the field of robotics as well as poster sessions, sponsor exhibits, live demos, and lab tours from several of our robotics faculty.

The Fulton Schools of Engineering continues to make significant investments in robotics and autonomous systems as we build the faculty expertise and unique capabilities needed to create innovative learning opportunities for students and a broadly based research portfolio characterized by foundational excellence and translational impacts.  This past year we unveiled — first to the 2019 Southwest Robotics Symposium — a new space to support large-scale robotics experiments. The facility is over 10,000 square feet and equipped with over 100 motion cameras, making it among the largest indoor robotics testing spaces in US academic institutions.  We are further excited about the response we have received from our new Master’s program in Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

It is our sincere hope that your experience at the 2020 Southwest Robotics Symposium will prove to be informative and engaging and will result in the establishment of new contacts, connections, and collaborations. We are particularly grateful to our keynote and invited speakers for joining our symposium and sharing their experiences with us and to our faculty and students and industry sponsors for their generous support of our initiatives in robotics and autonomous systems.

Enjoy not only the research side of the symposium but also the hospitality of Arizona!

Tom Sugar

Associate Dean, Barrett Honors College
Professor, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
Arizona State University

Session Topics

Topics will include sessions on Mobility & Robotics, Manufacturing & Robotics, and Agriculture & Robotics.  Visit the Schedule and Speakers page for more details as they emerge.

Other Related Robotics Events

If you are in town for the Southwest Robotics Symposium, please plan your trip around these other events.